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A 2.7 metre high work of layered cloth, paint and twine, ‘Stack’ suggests an archaeological sense of both space and time. It refers to the landscape, a concern also demonstrated in Prendergast’s ‘Map’ series’ of 1983 and 1995. This sculpture’s form, both weighty and light, bulky and fragile, is marked by a sense of perfection and delicate beauty, whilst at the same time confounding our expectations. The association with the off-cuts from clothing factories kept afloat by women’s labour makes a further link between woman and landscape.

MediumCloth, string, paint and wood
Dimensions270 x 260 x 70 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 1991
Item NumberIMMA.32
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Kathy Prendergast, Stack, 1989, Cloth, string, paint and wood, 270 x 260 x 70 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 1991

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About the Artist

Kathy Prendergast b.1958

Irish artist Kathy Prendergast studied at the National College of Art and Design and the Royal College of Art, London. Incorporating materials including wool, fabric, human hair and found objects, her drawing and sculptural works consider issues of sexuality, identity, mapping and power. Prendergast has exhibited widely nationally and internationally, including a solo exhibition at IMMA in 2000. Her work is represented in public collections worldwide including Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane; Tate Gallery, London; the Albright-Knox Museum, Buffalo, New York, and the Contemporary Museum, Honolulu. — View Artist »